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More Critters At The Airport, As Portland Signs Up Some Goats and Llamas

April 28, 2015 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The airport animals are on the move once again, as this time the airfield grazing is taking place over at Portland International Airport. For once the terminal’s carpet isn’t in the news, as this time it’s some llamas and goats taking center stage.

According to the folks over at Portland’s KGW, the critters arrived earlier in the week and are tasked with chomping and chewing away things like blackberries, thistle, and Scotch broom. Apparently these are invasive species and shouldn't be doing their thing at the airport.

Using the animals helps reduce the need to rely on herbicides or other chemical junk, and of course no poor sucker has to get out there and pull out the weeds one by one—so thanks to the goats for making our human lives easier.

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You'll Be Able to Score Your Own PDX Carpet Rug or Cat Toy

March 24, 2015 at 10:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

To say that some are obsessed with the departing carpet over at Portland International Airport in Oregon might just be an understatement, as some have even gone as far to make their devotion for airport design permanent.

Now that the carpet is on its way out it is time to begin your airport carpet collection, as a few companies now have the rights—and the goods—to start recycling the former fabric into some snazzy new stuff.

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Toast a Fond Farewell to Portland's Iconic Airport Carpet with Its Own Beer

February 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

The saga of the "PDX carpet" continues this week, with good news and bad news for the many worldwide fans of the flooring at Portland, Oregon's airport. The beloved carpet—a design based on the airport's runways and Pacific Northwest heritage—was originally installed in the 1980s and, this week, is being torn out and replaced.

Since our last update only little more than a month ago, the number of Instagrams tagged with #PDXcarpet has grown from 26,000 to 35,000.

The bad news is that the carpet is still saying sayonara, and the removal hit full speed at the end of January. The good news is the Portland Port Authority has finally figured out a way to get squares of the classic design to the adoring public, via a lottery system. KOIN has all the details, including how to subscribe to email updates on every step of the carpet's removal and repurposing process. Intense!

That's not all. There's also a PDX carpet beer!

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If You Can't Fly to Portland to Be Spanked, Maybe a 'Grey' Pillow Will Help

February 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other week we learned about armpit travel, now there's arm pillow travel.

Well, tie us up and spank us rosy. With the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” opening in theaters this weekend, spurring plenty of lustful fantasies over Jamie Dornan’s hot bod, one hotel is taking advantage of the mommy porn novel’s rabid following.

Raise your riding crop and salute the clever marketing minds at The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon, the property that is described in luscious detail as a sexy rendezvous spot throughout the novel. The Heathman is now hawking a Shades of Grey Square Throw Pillow for $129 + $40 shipping: a grey (obvs), silky, embroidered number that is sort of like a regular pillow — except it talks dirty in your ear when you lay down on it. (Just kidding, although it really should for the amount that it costs.)

But we just love/hate how the hotel is using the pillow as an out for not actually making a trip to Portland.“Can’t make it quite yet to visit us, but still want a piece of the Heathman?” poses the hotel’s website, to which sexually frustrated women everywhere nod in assent.

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Railway Review: Business Class on the Amtrak Cascades Route

February 9, 2015 at 2:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

We admit it, we like fancy travel when we can swing it so when we had to go to Portland from Seattle for an event last week, we specifically booked a ticket on Amtrak's Cascades.

The Cascades trains go from Vancouver, B.C. to Eugene, Oregon. The Seattle-Portland leg of the trip takes roughly 3.5 hours. We had originally booked a coach ticket, but as assignments stacked up that would require en route attention, we reconsidered our purchase. Roundtrip tickets set us back $52; an upgrade to Business Class doubled the price. It seemed like a wise investment.

By some miracle of the travel gods, we managed to snag a single seat on the west side of the train. Our spacious seat had two power outlets, so we were able to take care of all our tech needs along the way.

The drop down table fit our full-size laptop perfectly. Free WiFi worked during most of our trip – there were a few spots where it dropped for a few minutes, but it didn’t really affect anything. The best part of the Business Class car though was the single seating configuration. (The other side of the car had two-seat and four-seat face-to-face configurations.) We’re all about making friends on the road, but when there are pressing deadlines, there’s no time for small talk. Besides, there’s not much anyone could say to distract from the views.

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Where the 'Wild' Boots Are (Hint: In Portland)

February 2, 2015 at 5:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you’ve probably heard of, read or seen the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, Wild.

If you haven’t, here’s the quick and skinny: The book chronicles Strayed’s 1,100 mile solo hiking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail as she tried to make peace with drug abuse, divorce and her mother’s death. In other words, a whole lot of big life sh*t.

Perhaps the most striking symbol of Strayed’s three-month journey is a pair of Danner boots and its distinct red laces that she wore. They grace the cover of the book and are chucked off a cliff by an f-bomb dropping Reese Witherspoon (who portrays Strayed) in the opening scene of the film.

On Friday, we got to swing by Danner’s factory in Portland, Oregon to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the ‘Wild’ boot. (Portland is also Strayed’s hometown.) The full-grain leather beauties have been called “the greatest backpacking boot of all time.”

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People are Freaking Out Over the Final Departure of Portland's Airport Carpet

January 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: There are over 26,000 Instagams tagged #PDXcarpet.

Not-so-fun fact: The cult-favorite carpet inspiring such photo documentation is making its final departure this month, as Portland International Airport in Oregon lays down a fresh rug with an updated design.

The APEX blog discovered that the new look, due to be installed mid-January, doesn't stray far from the original scheme of the beloved original design. That original, installed in the 1980s, was an "abstract representation of the airport’s runways and aircraft"; the newer design expands upon this, to evoke “organic and man-made shapes found within the surrounding areas of PDX, including airplane wings, runways, leaves, trails, and waterways.”

So what will happen to the 13 acres of graphic funkiness that is the famous PDX carpet? The NY Times hints that actual squares of the rug will be given away:

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'Portlandia' is Back! Here's The Jaunted Guide to America's Favorite Weird City

January 8, 2015 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

After a few years of taking the hits on their city's strange culture, and laughing about it too, the actual people who inhabit Portland, Oregon may be totally done with the "Portlandia" sketch show starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brown (and occasionally, Kyle Maclachlan.)

Still, there's no denying that even skits that have nothing to do with Portland (like the Battlestar Galactica marathon) had us wanting to go to there and hang out with some like-minded peeps.

So whether you visit Portland to locate the "Feminist Bookstore", or take an Instagram-worthy shot of the "Keep Portland Weird" sign, or eat your way through the Food Trucks, here are some ideas for your visit.

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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 4

December 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.

Next up is Jaunted's Assistant Editor, Will, who seeks adventure and good storytellers when he travels:

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Portland Parks Food Trucks Right at the Airport for an Improved Food Court

October 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not going to say that we called it, but we’re hardly surprised over the latest addition to the dining options over at Portland International Airport. In a city known for its food trucks and on-the-go eats it only makes sense to bring some of these offerings to the airport, so that’s exactly what airport officials are doing.

Just last week spots like Koi Fusion and Pok Pok opened up food carts at the airport, and it sounds like a few more options are headed into the terminals and concourses before the end of the year. Instead of the usual french fries and a burger, you'll be able to score options like spicy tofu and kalbi short rib tacos along with a side of kimchi—at least that’s just some of what Koi Fusion has to offer.

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How to Visit Winslow Homer's Studio in Maine

August 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to Maine artists, nobody is more beloved than Winslow Homer. The painter and engraver was born in Boston but spent most of his years in Maine, where he had a studio just outside of Portland in Prout’s Neck. You can see many of Homer’s works at the Portland Museum of Art. However, if you want to see his studio, you’ll need to do a little bit of planning.

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What Everyone's Buying in Maine: Do-Not-Disturb Lobsters

August 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Some hotels have a simple "Do Not Disturb" sign. But the Inn By the Sea in Crescent Beach, Maine, has cute red metal lobsters that you can hang on your door when you want to be left alone.

Good news if you're not staying at the hotel, though: these little guys are for sale in the lobby and spa, so if you're stopping in for a meal at the Sea Glass Restaurant, coming in for a massage, or just making a pit stop en route to the Portland Head Light, you can pick up one of these little guys on the way.

It's the perfect gift for the WASPy relative who already has lobster-print clothes, towels, and bed linens, non? We're going to name ours Homer, in honor of Maine artist Winslow.

[Photo: Lilit M.]